Thursday, February 29, 6:30 pm at the Paonia Public Library. Join local biologist Adam Petry as he shares exciting new information about the elusive Yellow-billed Cuckoo, the only federally-threatened species along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. The presentation will focus on the latest research efforts to survey for this rare "Monsoon Bird" in western Colorado, including surprising results from the first state-wide species inventory, a potentially game-changing discovery about the bird’s breeding phenology, and the fascinating and important relationship between cuckoos and Russian Olive. The talk will also reveal how citizen science can play a vital role in cuckoo conservation and how you can help to improve our understanding of this beloved and beguiling avian indicator species of riparian ecosystem health. Adam Petry is a senior biologist and the founding principal of Western Biology, LLC based in Hotchkiss. Co-Sponsored with the Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC).
Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7:00 pm, Montrose Field House. Evan Phillips of Colorado parks and Wildlife will give a talk about Sandhill Cranes.